Tours Homestay Tours Traditional Garment Sewing - Deel (Дээл)

Price: ( 7 Days )

In addition to spending several days with a traditional Mongolian family, visit the Amarbayasgalant Buddist monastery, get your hands a little dirty, and make your own traditional clothing.  

On this tour you will have an opportunity to live with nomadic families in their homes, and to help them herd and handle animals such as horses, cows, goats, or sheep, cook in the kitchen, and collect water. The main attraction is that you will learn how to sew your own traditional garments, including khurems, khantaazs, or deels under the direction of nomadic women. In winter Mongolians wear sheep skin deels as they are very warm and cozy, in spring and autumn padded deels, and in summer time light deels.

Day 1. Grab Your Fabric and Go!

After breakfast, you and your guide  will go to Narantuul (a large outdoor market in Ulaanbaatar) to choose your fabric. You will leave Ulaanbaatar in the morning and drive to the city of Darkhan. You will eat lunch there and take a short sightseeing tour. Next you will drive towards Iven Valley where the Amarbaysgalant Monastery resides. You will be met by your host family and then stay overnight in a traditional Mongolian ger.

Lunch and Dinner

 

Day 2. Amarbaysgalant Monastery

After breakfast, you will visit the monastery and meet monks. For lunch, you will go to Otgonbat's home, where his mother will treat you to a traditional nomadic meal and tea. After lunch you will go trekking near the Jaran Khashir pyramid. Back at the host family's ger, you will have a dinner with family members and stay overnight in a ger. 

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

 

Day 3. Start Sewing

After breakfast you will learn the history behind traditional clothing and decide the design of your deel or khantaaz. This is the first day of design and construction of your traditional clothing. You will work on your clothing throughout the day and then stay overnight in a ger. 

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

 

Day 4. Keep Up the Good Work

In the morning, you will continue your hands-on learning experience by working on your sewing project. After lunch you will visit another nomadic family and stay the night in a ger. 

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

 

Day 5. The Long Stretch

Continue sewing your traditional Mongolian clothing and then stay overnight in a ger. 

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

 

Day 6. Finish Up

You will finish sewing your own deel/khantaaz. Stay overnight in a ger. 

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

 

Day 7. That's a Wrap

After breakfast you will have some free time to explore the area. Then you will thank your host family and spectacular seamstress friends. In the afternoon, you will leave Amarbayasgalant and drive back to your accommodations in Ulaanbaatar. 

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Highlights:

• Visit the Amarbayarsgalant Monastery in Darkhan

• Tour the Jaran Khashir Pyramid, Buddhist centers, temples, and monasteries

• Hike and horse-back ride through the pyramid's villages

• Meet genuine monks

• Visit nomadic families

• Sleep in a traditional Mongolian ger

 

Duration: 7 days, 6 nights

Distance: 800 km to Darkhan and back

Accommodations: Traditional Mongolian Ger

Tour may be customized to accommodate individual needs or desires.
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